Literary Fiction

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Think of fiction as falling into two broad categories and leave aside all of the subgenres that you’ll find a book under in bookstores or libraries.

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Kelly Simmons is a tease.

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As far as collections of short stories go, I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like is a highly mixed bag.

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It is an intriguing idea: How would we live if all of our wounds were made visible by an illuminating light that shone from every cut, bruise, malady, or illness?

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Reading this novel could leave you with a huge hangover—the amount of alcohol consumed by its narrator and his cronies is astounding and would have floored even Charles Bukowski.

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Generational literature, by definition, runs the risk of a limited audience and a short shelf life.

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In this often gorgeous and often disturbing memoir, writer and artist Mira Bartok narrates her agonized relationship with a schizophrenic mother.

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When a reader cracks open a novel, she or he enters into a bargain with the author.

For the reader, the terms of bargain are very simple: read the book with enthusiasm and an open mind.

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If Specters were as good as its opening line “The valley was full of ghosts” it could have been intriguing, but it is not.

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Literary fiction concerns itself with extraordinary people in ordinary situations, says Stephen King in the Afterword of his new book.

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Promise Me, by Christmas mega-author, Richard Paul Evans (The Christmas Box, The Christmas List) is one of those sentimental stories that a reader either devours or detests.

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The novels of Ward Just have frequently divided a readership uncertain of where to place him in the spectrum of contemporary American fiction.

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Alas, the promise of award-winning novelist, editor and publisher Carol Edgarian’s new novel, Three Stage of Amazement, is not realized, despite the success of her first fiction book,

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The Cosmopolitans, Nadia Kalman’s smart, funny, wise, and entertaining debut novel explores the relationships and dynamics of a contemporary Russian-Jewish immigrant family from the former

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If Jim Carroll’s The Basketball Diaries reads like an homage to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, his posthumously published The Petting Zoo finds the author paying tribute to

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Faced with a book titled The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, whose cover is filled with retro-horror line drawings, the reader is daunted.

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Reading an Orhan Pamuk novel sometimes feels more like studying a painting or experiencing a work of architecture.

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Assassin-turned-time-traveler Toby O’Dare is back in Of Love and Evil, the second installment of Anne Rice’s Song of the Seraphim series.

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Angel Cat Sugar, created by Yuko Shimizu and realized here in a cute Valentine’s Day offering by Ellie O’Ryan is celebrating her favorite holiday.

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Mary Balogh detours a bit from her usual series writing to produce a charmingly delightful book that is a must-read on every romance connoisseur’s list.

It must be read to know why.

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First published in 1925, the Argentinian, Lascano Tegui’s novel, On Elegance While Sleeping, was just reprinted and deftly translated into English by Idra Novey, giving an English language

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A good writer can make any scenario dramatic—even short-selling the summer electricity market in Texas in 2005.

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There is a pang that occurs quite naturally when you hear that a friend or family member is about to watch a really great movie for the very first time.

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First impressions can be deceiving. The first chapter of Murray Tillman’s Meet Me on the Paisley Roof is the ultimate turn-off.

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Degrees of Elevation: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia brings together 17 gifted writers whose voices are as unique and striking as the region about which they write.

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